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Mermaid Altered Mirror

Mermaid Altered Mirror: Recollections and Canvas Corp Brands Mash Up

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really cool Mermaid Altered Mirror and some nautical greeting cards to share with you.  It feels sooooo good to be back in the studio after taking time off to move.  Things are not quite perfect yet, but they are definitely functional.  And I’m happy to report that I have some empty shelves in the new and improved Closet of Shame!  Woo-hoo!

So, what do you do after purging your studio?  If you are like me, you go shopping for new crafty goodies!  (Actually, Dale had to buy a new Ping Pong paddle at the sporting goods store, and since Michael’s was right next door….well, you know how that story ends, don’t you?)  While shopping, I found these cool new Recollections Mixed Media Collage pads, one in a kitchen theme and one with a wonderful beachy theme that made me weak in the knees.  And yes…they both came home with me…cuz we can’t have empty shelves in the Closet of Shame, can we?

Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Collage PackHere’s a photo of the collection, so you know what you are looking for.  It goes by the name Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Pack.  It’s in cool sewn-together packaging and contains a printed canvas sheet, printed papers, vintage images,corrugate sheet,  burlap sheet, plain canvas sheet and a sheet of plain white cardstock.  It’s pretty amazing!

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpg I am happy to say, I did not hoard these yummy papers. I promptly put them to use to make this Mermaid Altered Mirror for the entryway in our new home.  This started out as a plain white MALMA mirror from IKEA.  These are actually very easy to alter.  I just lay my mirror face down on the back side of my 12×12 paper and trace around it. You’ll want to center the mirror so that all sides are even.   Score and crease on the lines, bevel the corners and place right side up on the mirror front.  Use your bone folder to score around the mirrored portion, then use a craft knife to cut out the square.  Then you’re ready to glue your paper down with matte medium or Modge Podge or whatever collage medium you like to work with.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 03I fussy cut my mermaid from one of the 12×12 papers, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I wanted her to have a little more color on her fins, so spritzed on a little Patina Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  And for sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds.  She’s mounted on the corrugate sheet that comes with the mixed media pad.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 04Adding shells, seed beads, and found objects from my stash was almost as good as a walk along the shore.  I made a burlap string “frame” to highlight the sentiment card, too.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 05jpgThis paper is great for altered projects like this Mermaid altered mirror.  It’s heavy, but not too heavy, and takes to fussy cutting and folding and tearing very well.  You can see here how I fussy cut waves from the paper collection, then added mica chips and ink spatters just for fun.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 02I found this striped canvas ribbon in my stash, and it was the perfect complement for the paper.  Topping it with a Petaloo Textured Blossom was the perfect finishing touch.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpgI can’t wait to hang this above my hall entry table.  It’s going to look amazing with all the beachy goodness in our living room/dining room area.

Then, I was having so much fun, and the papers were so pretty, I just had to make a couple of cards.

CCB Anchor Card 02This sentiment panel from Canvas Corp Brands Nautical Cardstock in my stash went so well with the sentiment on the Mermaid Altered Mirror that I decided to use it with the printed canvas and burlap from the Recollections Mixed Media Collage pad.

CCB Anchor Card 04The seahorse was fussy cut, painted with Maple Sugar Glimmer Mist and spattered with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard mist.  I also altered some 7 Gypsies metal corners and invited them to the party along with a little metal anchor embellishment.  The more, the merrier, right?

CCB Anchor Card 05These background papers are from the Recollections pad, but the sailboat is fussy cut from CCB Sand & Sea papers.  I super love the way the inside of this card turned out!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 01This second card is built on a CCB denim card base.  The focal image, post card and burlap are from the Recollections pad, and the sentiment panels are cut from Sails& Shells paper from CCB.  I told you it was a product mash up!  Sometimes you just want to pull out all kinds of goodies and create to your heart’s content!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 03I used a Spellbinder’s embossing folder on the card base, then inked it up with Vintage Photo DI.  The paper is from the Recollections pad, and I love it paired up with the sentiments from the CCB paper.  Tucking a postcard into the pocket gives you lots of room to write a note, and you could add any other little gift here as well.

I spent a lovely afternoon playing with paper, and it felt soooo good!  Next time you are in Michael’s, keep an eye out for these mixed media pads!  They are truly loaded with crafty goodness, and make wonderful playmates for your Canvas Corp Brand goodies, too!

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Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies

Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!

Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals?  They are all the rage in the papercrafting world.  Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums.  These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way.  7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping.  I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness.  Take a peek:

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 01The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you.  7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate.  All I had to do was add the fun.

I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements.  But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below.  Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 02I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper.  I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal.  The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale.  I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase.   I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape.  Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather?  I love the little post card charm!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 04The inside pages are so much fun to build up.  I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked.  On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag.  You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 05I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy.  The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it.  (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 06When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 07This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages.  I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 08I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper.  I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 09This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers.  I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy!  The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 10I think this might be my favorite page.  The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image.  The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel.  But the image on the right is so artsy and fun.  I painted the canvas page with ink.  Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look.  A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 11Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder.  The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash.  I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat.  All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 12I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal.  I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed.  The inside could house journaling, or small photos.  Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 13This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper.  It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing.  I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page.  Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 14This page is the inside back cover.  I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it.  This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy  cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”.  But you get the idea.  You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 03I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store.  Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create.  I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip.  The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.

My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!

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Bees, Please! Altered Bee Box & Step Out Tutorial

Bees, Please!  Altered Bee Box with Step Out Tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  What do gardeners do during the long cold winter months?  They pore over seed catalogs, plan their gardens and dream of spring’s arrival, that’s what!  And sometimes, they go to the thrift store, where they find cast off Christmas decor that can be transformed into something wonderful with just a pinch of imagination and some fabby art supplies.  And though I don’t really fancy myself a gardener, my dear husband and I are talking seriously about starting an organic garden this spring.  So to get myself mentally ready to take on the task, I created this altered bee box using beautiful paints, papers, and textiles from Canvas Corp Brands.

Altered Bee Box for Canvas Corp BrandsIsn’t it just totally adorable?  But I want to show you what it looked like when I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store.

Bee Box 001Not so fabby, very shabby (but not chic) and kind of sad.  But the Gypsy Soul in me saw that with a little work, it could make a super cute piece of home decor for our screen porch, and maybe inspire me to get out and dig in the dirt.

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That’s much better, isn’t it?  You may not know this, but Canvas Corp Brands has lovely DIY paint that is perfect for this type of rehab project.  I am not a fan of sanding down wood.  So I like to work with a paint that will cover up an ugly base. Although the DIY paint comes in a rainbow of colors, I wanted to stick with a yellow and black color palette to go with my bee theme, so I chose to work with DIY Ebony.

Bee Box tutorial 01After using a screwdriver to remove Santa’s nose, I painted the box base and drawer front with DIY Ebony paint.  It did take 2 coats, but you can see how nice and smooth it went on.

Bee Box tutorial 01aNext, I measured the length and width of the little drawer and cut a strip of this French Script Printed Burlap to size.  I cut a slightly smaller strip of Watering Can Critters and Crawlers on kraft cardstock and stitched it onto the burlap, fraying the edges.  (By the way, Canvas Corp provides a Mix and Match pad of Watering Can goodies and I think it is slightly cheaper than ordering each part separately.)  And yes, you are correct: I DID change this button and knob out for a cuter drawer pull.  Good eye!

Bee Box Tutorial 02Next, I measured the garden “bench” area and cut a strip of Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock to fit. (A little later in the process, I blotched this with black paint, and decided to re-cover it with Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock, and I ended up liking this look much better.)  I also measured the inside dimensions of the bee box back and lined it with more Watering Can paper.  This is already a huge improvement from the original box!

Bee Box tutorial 03Next, I lay the box on its side and traced around the edge pieces onto scrap paper to create a template.  I fit them into the sides and made adjustments as necessary. Once I was satisfied with the way they fit, I traced the templates onto more of the Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and used these pieces to line the sides of the box. Doing this can prevent wasting your pretty designer paper.  I decided I liked the top of the box better with just paint, so I ended up not using the piece for the top.

Bee Box tutorial 04Once my pieces were glued into place, I dry brushed some DIY Crystal Paint over the edges of my altered bee box.  This paint is really thick and creamy, so I watered it down a good bit, then dipped the tip of an old, stiff paint brush into the puddle and brushed most of the paint off onto my craft sheet before applying it to the box.  Next, I did grab a piece of fine grit sandpaper to distress the box a little so it didn’t look so “new.”  I love how this part turned out.

Bee Box tutorial 05Next, I added a little banner to the top using scrap pieces of green and yellow paper.  The pennants were strung on natural jute cording that I braided together and held in place with some fancy thumb tacks that I found in my stash.  This is where I decided to turn the drawer into a flower planter and ideas began to bloom right and left.  I removed the button from the front of the drawer, replacing it with a miniature garden spade that I found in my stash.  The drawer was hot glued into an open position, and filled with Spanish moss, flowers, Prima resin pieces and another darling sign from The Watering Can collection.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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I love the way these flowers appear to be bursting out of the altered bee box. Can you spy the bees that are humming happily?

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Here you can see the Critters and Crawlers paper that was used to line the outside edges of the box. The happy little banners are made from Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock and Green and Ivory Lattice cardstock. And the Watering Can Garden Sayings on Ivory added wonderful tags and titles to this altered bee box.

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Another great tag from Garden Sayings on Ivory.

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And I’m really glad I changed the drawer pull to this miniature garden spade that I dry brushed with DIY Crystal Paint.

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This would be a great place to hang your keys, but if you don’t have keys, you can always hang these cute garden tags.

Bee Box for CCB 07Making this altered bee box was the perfect remedy for the post holiday blahs!  Now I just need to get out my seed catalog and start planning my garden!

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Winter Wonderland Woodland Wall Hanging

Winter Wonderland Woodland Wall Hanging for RRR Sparkle & Shine Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!

December is here and it’s time to Sparkle & Shine with a brand new  Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge!  Growing up in New England, during the month of December you could pretty much count on the ground being covered with a glistening layer of freshly fallen snow.  Icicles hung from rooftops and we spent our leisure hours making snowmen, building snow forts and sledding down our big hill.  Our favorite time to play outside was at night, when the light of the moon and the stars shimmered off the surface of that blanket of  snow.  Somehow, we didn’t seem to mind the cold at all, and we would whoop and laugh and race down that big hill for hours at a time while the frosty air added winter roses to our cheeks and noses.  All these happy childhood memories inspired me to create a Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging with a Woodland theme.

Kathy by Design/Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 01You all know how much I love my winter birds, so using these papers from Carta Bella’s Winter Wonderland paper collection was a natural choice.  And, there’s loads of sparkle and shine in this pretty little wall hanging.

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 06I layered glitter cardstock with dark blue burlap and blue canvas ticking then added die cut and embossed layers made with silver foil cardstock.  A wintry white hanger is all dressed up with Random Stars Silver Satin Ribbon and some glittery white clothespins.  I love all this scrumptious sparkle and shine!

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 04My bow cluster began with a shimmering double layer, double loop bow tied with Light Silver Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge. To capture the feeling of the woods on a starry winter night, a second bow was tied using Random Stars on Light Silver Satin Ribbon.  Then I added a creamy white magnolia blossom , some white bead/berry sprays.and silver spiral stamens to the mix.

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 05More magnolia blossoms, more light silver satin ribbon and more silver spiral stamens adorn the top of the wall hanging.  It really does feel like a true Winter Wonderland sparkling in the light of the moon and the stars.

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 06Now it’s your turn to join the fun!. Create your own Sparkle and Shine project using ribbon or trim and link it up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG where you’ll find more inspiration from the RRR Design team as well as the challenge rules. I can’t wait to see what you make!

If you’re interested in purchasing this Winter Wonderland Woodland Wall Hanging, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Canvas Corp Holiday Baking: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Hello, Friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas, holiday shopping, Christmas carols, time with family…all these things make my heart happy!  One of the things I love the most about the holidays is that it gives me a good excuse to get busy in the kitchen!  Nothing is more rewarding than whipping up a batch of holiday cookies to share with friends and family.  Over the years, I’ve developed a handful of truly delicious holiday treats, and I thought, how fun would it be to group them all together in a way that really makes them special?  Well, one day as I was trolling the aisles of my favorite thrift store, I spotted a well-loved, faded and worn, wobbly and chipped Santa sleigh.  Naturally, it found its way into my shopping basket and came home with me for a little bit of rehab.  Its sad little self was transformed into a dazzling Christmas Sleigh loaded to the gills with holiday cheer.  Take a look:

Kathy by Design/Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 01This is probably my favorite holiday project so far this year!  After some sanding and reinforcing with wood glue, I painted the entire sleigh with gesso.  Next came a coat of DecoArt Paintable Texture Crackle.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly this dried, and how well it crackled!  A coat of black chalkboard paint was the next step, and I loved seeing how this little sleigh was starting to look very vintage and aged.  The final step in the painting process was to spritz it liberally with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.  This stuff is magical!  It made my little Santa Sleigh look as though it had been nipped by frost!  Now I could get down to the really fun part of building this little beauty: decorating with Farmhouse Christmas and Holiday Baking Goodies from Canvas Corp Brands!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 02I cut this tag from Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory and then stitched it onto pretty red burlap. This was topped with silky soft Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon and some sparkling Petaloo Jeweled Flowers. Santa’s sleigh was trimmed out in mini red pom poms to give it a festive flair.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 03Each side of the sleigh is dressed in holiday finery.  This red sentiment panel is from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper on Ivory.  The panels are the perfect size to use as a card focal, too.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 04This side of the sleigh is equally jolly with a fussy cut image from Holiday Baking on Ivory. Tucking in some Petaloo Jeweled Red Flowers and a glittered snowflake makes for a happy scene.  I trimmed the Happy Holidays sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory to anchor the scene.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 05The front of the sleigh sports a shimmering wreath fashioned from pipe cleaners, jingle bells and another pretty Petaloo jeweled blossom.  You can really see the texture and “frosting” in this photo.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 06I used the rest of the panels from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper to create dividers in the sleigh.  I love these sayings!  This divider is stitched onto kraft c-flute and black cardstock.  I tucked in some printed kraft tags and 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Kathy by Design/ Altered Vintage SpoonI picked up this vintage spoon while visiting my girlfriend in Atlanta.  Topped with ribbon, jingle bells, flowers, a gift tag and tiny Christmas tree charm, it’s the perfect hostess gift for the holidays!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 07Fun recipes to warm the soul.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 08Sassy sayings and embellished tags go great with red gingham ribbon, canvas ticking, and vintage buttons.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 09I love “dear Santa, I can explain…” from the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

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Why yes, Life IS better with fresh baked cookies!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 11And here’s my family’s favorite Christmas Cookie recipe, written out on a sweetly vintage recipe card. There’s just something special about a family recipe written out in your own hand. It turns it into an instant keepsake.

Kathy by Design/Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 01So, Santa’s on his way….and he’s got lots and lots of goodies in his sleigh!  I think this would be a lovely gift for a new bride on her first Christmas, or to hand one of these down to the next generation of family bakers would be really special, too.  However you decide to use it this sleigh adds to the merriment that makes this the most wonderful time of the year!

I’m entering this altered sleigh in the “Altered State” challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. (My favorite!)

I’m also linking Santa’s Sleigh up at the Vintage Inspiration “Deck the Halls” Party over at Knick of Time.

And at the Anything But Cute “It’s Ornamental” Challenge.

If you’re interested in purchasing this item, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

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